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Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB
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Work Department

Charity and social business.

Advice on governance, risk management, strategy particularly arranging and delivering mergers and collaboration.


Partner in the charity and social business team dealing with charities, social enterprise, mutuals and public bodies and not-for-profit organisations including large social care providers such as Choice, Mcch and Certitude; mutuals, co-op and social enterprises; international bodies such as Hostelling International; UNICEF UK, Afghanaid and Plan International; local authorities; religious, educational and health charities; royal charter bodies and professional bodies; regeneration campaigning and environmental, and medical bodies.


Trained Vivash Hunt; qualified 1976; worked at North Kensington Law Centre then helped found Hounslow Law Centre; founded Sinclair Taylor & Martin 1981 – later merged with Russell-Cooke to become the charity team. Publications: ‘Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook’; ‘The Company Secretaries Handbook for Voluntary Sector Companies’; Principal of Whitecliff Management Consultancy; Trustee of grant-making, educational, information, care and medical charities. Currently Protector of NESTA (formerly the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). Chair of Reside Housing Association; Vice Chair of ShelterBox and Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust; Trustee of Islington Play Association


Charity Law Association.


Grenville College; University of Leicester (BA Social Sciences).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

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Russell-Cooke LLP is particularly recommended for its work at advising on charity mergers and the restructuring of charities. Under the leadership of Andrew Studd the practice is increasingly becoming known for its work at supporting charities in financial difficulties. It also continues to advise charities with unusual governance structures such as charities governed by Acts of Parliament, Royal Charter and Charity Commission Schemes. Chris Rowse is experienced at advising on international projects and James Sinclair Taylor is another name to note for his work on sensitive contractual, funding and risk management issues.